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Project AP1 S2000: Installing Forbidden Side Diffusers

by Karla Pestotnik

Project AP1 S2000 has specific plans to be the ultimate, fun street car that can hold its own performance-wise, without losing its street-ability factor by turning into a full-blown racecar or track dedicated car. However, what is a good handling street car without its good looks? We clean up the S2000's rocker panels with a set of Forbidden USA's carbon fiber side diffusers.


 

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Tested: Rally Ready Driving School!

by Khiem Dinh

I started watching WRC around fifteen years ago and more recently rally cross, but I had never learned the skills required to drive a car in dirt. I’ve done drag racing, auto-x, road courses, motorcycle track days, and more recently supermoto. Heck, I have even gone mud bogging and driven dune buggies, but I haven’t gone sideways in dirt. It so happens our buddy Texas Dave has his Rally Ready driving school in my favorite city of Austin, Texas. 


 

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Event Coverage: 2017 Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Oil, Part 2

by Dave Zipf

We follow up after Dixon's mindblowing crash from Part 1 and continue to break down each wild scenario during the Indy 500. This was one of the wildest 500s we’ve seen in years.  It had everything: From huge crashes, to four-wide battles, mechanical intrigue, big name rookies and veterans, and a deserving dark horse winning in a shootout- racing really doesn’t get much better than it did at the 2017 Indianapolis 500.  It’s a great reminder, that there really is no place like Indy.


 

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Global Time Attack Round 3: Willow Springs International Raceway

by David Kim

Big Willow at Willow Springs International Raceway is an unforgiving 2.5-mile road course that favors high powered vehicles and significantly rewards those with the finesse and confidence to push the limits of speed. Unsurprisingly though, this exhilarating track has claimed some of the finest engineered race vehicles throughout its creation since 1953. The first turn 1 and last turn 9 is unforgivingly quick to dish-out punishment for any driver error, and does not play nice with any chassis that is improperly setup for the high-speed corners. However, it is a challenging battlefield that is a favorite among many drivers that appeared at Global Time Attack’s 3rd Pro Am round of the 2017 season.


 

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The Cars of Knox Mountain Hill Climb

by Frank Ewald

There was something for everyone at Leavitt Machinery's Knox Mountain Hill Climb that recently took place in Kelowna, B.C. The spectacular views of Okanagan Lake surrounded by mountains truly set the scene for this event. The cars ranged from open wheel through fully caged track cars to street prepared and then vintage. These cars ranged from obviously well-used track toys to vehicles that looked like they would be more at home at a show and shine placement. Make no mistake, the drivers were all here for one thing: to find their personal best and, just maybe, become the King of the Hill!


 

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Holley LS Fest Hits the West

by Justin Banner

This is it, the west coast’s chance to show LS fans what it has to offer. This is the inaugural LS Fest West at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). LVMS is a world class race compound with multiple tracks of all kinds and the perfect venue for what LS Fest has to offer. The LS Fest weekend gave us more than just drag racing and drifting, but also off-road, autocross, time trials and much more.


 

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Event Coverage: 2017 Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Oil, Part 1

by David Zipf

There is no place like Indy.  It’s big, it’s fast, it’s narrow, and the track is like no other on earth.  Even in this modern, high tech world, winning Indy is one of the toughest tasks in motor racing today.  The cars may be much faster and more reliable, but winning Indy in 2017 is still just as tough as it was in 1911.  


 

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A Tribute to Nicky Hayden: The Kentucky Kid, The Champion of Champions

by Khiem Dinh

It has been some number of days now since Nicky Hayden passed away in a cycling accident. The world of motorsports still hurts with the void left behind. The Kentucky Kid, as he was known, was special in the high profile world of top-level motorsport athletes. His character, his work ethic, his love of riding and racing, his easy-going personality, and the time he made for his family and fans is what puts Nicky a step above any other athlete in motorsports. It is said over and over Hayden was the nicest guy in motorsports. He was the commensurate professional and never spoke negatively of anyone.


 

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NX GTi-R: Hill Climb Edition

by Frank Ewald

Two years of wait time is over. With the car now running and putting down reasonable horsepower, it was time to dust off my driving gear and check out how rusty my skills had become. The NX GTi-R was pulled out of AES Auto, loaded up on my tow dolly, and started the trek east down the Trans-Canada Highway and Coquihalla Highway to Kelowna, B.C. and the home of Knox Mountain Park. This was the location of my next bucket list adventure, the Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb.


 

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Analyzing Turn by Turn- the Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb Course Technical Analysis

by Frank Ewald

The cover photo is of Wouter Bouman's 916 whp 3-rotor Mazda that put down 916 whp the week prior to the event while. During this anniversary edition of Knox Mountain Hill Climb, Wouter captured the overall victory and set a class record in the process. This is the 60th running of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb hosted by Leavitt Machinery. To this writer's knowledge, this is the oldest continuously running hill climb event in North America. The parkland at the start line quickly changes to the mountainous terrain that you can see in the background. That should give you a hint for what is in store. 


 

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AntiGravity's XA 4-1 Multi-Function Flashlight!

by Mike Kojima

A lot of you might be familiar with AntiGravity Batteries as the supplier of ultra light and powerful Lithium Ion batteries used in Motorsports. Their batteries have been used by us in a few of our projects, and most of our personal race cars sport their batteries. 


 

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Event Coverage: 2017 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying

by David Zipf

Week one of “The Greatest Month in Racing” started with left and right turns, kicking off with the IndyCar Grand Prix last week. This week, the right turns are abandoned and the focus is on nailing down the fastest time at one of the fastest tracks on Earth. One week of practice leads up to two days of qualifying for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by PennGrade Oil.  


 

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Nissan NX GTi-R V. 3 Continued

by Frank Ewald

You have either been waiting for a year for this update or you are not even sure of what the NX GTi-R is. Of course, a minority may be saying not again but you will have to endure my writing about my favourite car. For those of you who have been waiting, it has been a challenging couple of years but, with the help of AES Auto, things are moving in the right direction. For those of you who are not familiar with this project, this one owner Nissan NX1600 comes with a pedigree earned in the school of hard knocks. The SR20DET swap took place about five years ago and it has been an ongoing learning process - and I must admit I have made some mistakes along the way. When a cracked oil pump took out the engine in 2015, it was time to sit down and really think through the process. 


 

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Nerd’s Eye View: 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R

by Khiem Dinh

If you’ve been following World Superbike, you know Kawasaki has been dominating. The motorcycles used in World Superbike are highly modified motorcycles you can buy from your local dealer. World Superbikes are to street bikes like FIA GT3 cars are to street cars. Yeah, the bikes are highly modified, but the fundamental base is the same unlike MotoGP bikes. MotoGP bikes are the equivalent of Formula 1 where they probably don’t even share a bolt with the street bike. Back to the point- Kawasaki bikes kick ass in World Superbike, and the ZX-10R bike you can buy kicks ass too.


 

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How Magical is Black Magic Intense Wheel Cleaner? We Test it Out!

by Karla Pestotnik

With a word such as 'magic' in the name, it's easy to assume that you're getting some really good wheel cleaner. We are slightly more skeptical, however, and we had to see for ourselves. What if Black Magic wheel cleaner didn't live up to its name? 

Okay, enough quirky jokes. Let's get to scrubbing! Or do we even need to scrub? Looking at the directions...


 

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Daily Driven, HKS Supercharged Scion FR-S Autocross and Track Car

by Frank Ewald

Simon Chan's Scion FR-S attracts attention. Just sitting in a parking lot or driving by on the street, you will take a second look. We certainly did - and then contacted Simon and asked if he was interested in doing an article for MotoIQ. He was and so a meeting was set up at River's Edge Road Course, part of Mission Raceway Park in Mission, B.C. where he would be participating in a track day. A nice balancing point from the Autocross event that first brought this FR-S to our attention. The weather was initially overcast with some light rain on the way to the track, however, by early afternoon the sun was drying off the track and, by mid-afternoon, was out in full force. This was certainly a more balanced day than the early spring autocross event which blew us away with snow in the first few hours before the sun also came out to stay.


 

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Global Time Attack Round 2: Buttonwillow Raceway Park

by David Kim

Global Time Attack returns to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to challenge the legendary 3.1 mile road coarse for GTA’s Pro Am Speed District round 2 event. With the weather predicted to hover around a beautiful mid 70 degrees throughout the race day, drivers arrive ready to attack the clock, reset records, and set a new standard of performance in their respective classes.

From completely stock Ford Mustangs and lightly modified Subaru BRZs, to the heavily modified unlimited class where one could stumble upon a J35A1 swapped Honda Civic Coupe built specifically for the circuit, a plethora of different types of cars can be found at any Global Time Attack event. Yes, you read it correctly, a stout V6 Honda Odyssey motor- in a Civic! This is the series where not only the world’s fastest and most dedicated drivers come to play, but a series where an enthusiast can find some of the most creative tuners in the industry. With this in mind, welcome to Global Time Attack! Let’s get started.


 

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Turbo Tech: Calculating Turbocharger Compressor and Turbine Performance Advantage with the New Honeywell Garrett GTX Gen2

by Khiem Dinh

In our Turbo Tech series, we have covered a lot of segments of turbocharger performance. We have looked at various aspects of compressor efficiency and performance, turbocharger mapping, and turbo sizing and matching among other things. This time around, we are going to do some more calculations on the turbine side, calculating pressure ratio and wastegate flow along with estimating power gains from the Honeywell Garrett GTX Gen2 turbos over the first generation GTX. You better get your Excel spreadsheets warmed up.


 

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The Nissan Figaro: Back to the Future

by Alvin Miles Jr.

In 1989, The Figaro was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show that’s held every other year at the largest convention and exhibition center in Japan, the Tokyo Big Sight. Naoki Sakai and Shoji Takahashi’s “Back to the Future” design really soaked up many and all possibilities and made something that one wouldn’t know which generation it belonged in.


 

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Keep Drifting Serious: ProAm Competitor Andrew Attalla

by Rathyna Gomer

The editorial series, Keep Drifting Serious is intended to shine some light on what it takes to build a competitive drift car (some of you may have read the first Keep Drifting Serious article featuring Vaughn Gittin Jr. a little while ago). 

If you've been following Formula Drift (FD) for the last few years, I'm sure you've made note of how quickly the cars have been evolving. The competitiveness has trickled down into many ProAm series as well. Nowadays, ProAm cars are what FD cars used to be 8+ years ago. 

So as we continue looking at what it takes to build a professional drift car, we take a look inside ProAm driver, Andrew Attalla and his LS1 E46.


 

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